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Parents, Children, and Adolescents
Interactive Relationships and Development in Context

ISBN 9780789001818
Published March 20, 1997 by Routledge
418 Pages

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Book Description

Parents, Children, and Adolescents presents an integrative perspective of the parent-child relationship within several contexts. You can expand your empirical and theoretical knowledge of the parent-child relationship and child development through the book’s unusually holistic, theoretical perspective that integrates three main frameworks: interactional theories on parents, children, and development; contextual (ecological) models; and behavior genetics.

This insightful book’s empirical scope is broader than that of most books in that it considers the parent-child relationship throughout the life course as well as within a great variety of contexts, including interactions with sibling and peers, at school, in their neighborhoods, and with professionals. You’ll gain immeasurable knowledge about:

  • parents’child-rearing styles and how they are affected by environmental variables
  • the interaction between parents and children, and between their personalities
  • behavior genetics as one of the explanatory frameworks for the role of genetics and environment
  • negative child outcomes--emotional problems, conduct disorders, and delinquency
  • poverty and other stressors affecting parents and children
  • problematic-abusive, emotionally disturbed, alcoholic parents
  • siblings and peers as contexts for the parent-child dyad
  • the effect of the school system on the family, with a focus on minority families
  • family structure--divorce, remarriage, and families headed by never-married mothers
  • adolescent mothers and their own mothers
  • the psychogenetic limitations on parental influence and cultural roadblocks to parental moral authority

    Complete with an Instructor’s Manual, Parents, Children, and Adolescents is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate classes in family studies and human development, sociology of the family, interdisciplinary developmental psychology, and social work classes that need a thorough perspective on the parent-child relationship. Professionals and scholars in these fields seeking an interdisciplinary framework as well as research suggestions and incisive critiques of traditional perspectives will also find this innovative book a valuable addition to their reading lists.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface (Terry S. Trepper)

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Parent-Child Relationship and Development over the Life Cycle
  • Chapter 1. The Relationship Between Parents and Their Small Children
  • Personality Defined
  • Origins of Personality
  • The Effect of Personality on the Parent-Child Relationship
  • The Role of Sociodemographic Characteristics
  • Quality of the Parents’ Relationship
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2. The Relationship Between Parents and School-Age Children
  • The Role of Day Care
  • The Impact of School
  • Mass Media
  • The Interactional Perspective
  • Resilient Children
  • Gender of Child and Parent
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. The Parent-Adolescent Relationship
  • The Nature of Adolescence
  • Parenting Practices and Patterns
  • Origins of Parenting Practices
  • Parent-Adolescent Conflict
  • The History of Parental Influence
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. The Relationship Between Parents and Adult Children
  • Changing Young Adulthood: A Demographic Perspective
  • The Parent-Young Adult Relationship
  • Continuity in the Parent-Child Relationship
  • The Role of Personality Stability
  • The Parent-Middle-Age Child Relationship
  • Exchange with Aging Parents
  • Elder Abuse by Children
  • Conclusion
  • Part II: The Contexts of Development and of the Parent-Child Relationship
  • Chapter 5. The Parent-Child-Sibling Context
  • The Younger Sibling’s Arrival
  • Child and Adolescent Sibling Relationships
  • Adult Sibling Relationships
  • Differential Parental Treatment
  • Developmental Impact of Differential Treatment
  • Additional Research Questions
  • Helpful Sibling Relationships
  • The Impact of Siblings’ Shared Friends
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. The Parent-Child-Peer Context
  • Peers and the Acquisition of Social Skills: A Critique
  • Youth Cultures
  • Parents’ Role in Children’s Peer Interactions
  • A Study of Peer Abuse
  • The Effect of Peers on the Parent-Child Relationship
  • Parental Concerns About Peers
  • The Interface Between Parents and the Peer-Sibling Dynamics
  • Parents, Peers, Neighborhoods
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. The Parent-Child-School Context
  • Schools and Families
  • Early School
  • Family Routine and Organization
  • School Personnel
  • Parental Involvement and Resources
  • Minority Families
  • Schools and Neighborhoods
  • Curriculum
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. The Parent-Child-Professional Context
  • Professional Authority over Parents
  • The “Schizophrenogenic” Mother
  • Professional Hegemony
  • Parent Blaming
  • The Effectiveness of Therapeutic Interventions
  • Parent Effectiveness Training
  • Researching Parents and Children
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter 9. The Family Structure as Context: Divorce, Single Parenting, and Remarriage
  • Demographic Introduction
  • Differences in Outcomes and Their Implications
  • Young Children
  • School-Age Children
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Adult Children
  • Types of Marriages and Divorces
  • Conclusion
  • Part III: Negative Parental and Children Outcomes
  • Chapter 10. Problematic Parents and Their Children
  • Introduction
  • Abusive Parents
  • Alcohol- and Drug-Dependent Parents
  • Parents Who Suffer from Depression
  • Future Problematic Parents
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11. Children with Severe Emotional Problems
  • Origins of Emotional Problems
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Effects on the Parent-Child Relationship
  • The Effect of Other Persons on the Parent-Child Relationship
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 12. Children with Behavioral Problems
  • Definition and Etiology
  • Persistence and Desistance
  • Disruption of Parenting Skills
  • Mothers and Difficult Children
  • Environmental Factors in Conduct Disorders
  • Correlates and Intervention
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 13. Parents, Adolescents, and Delin

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Anne Marie Ambert (Author)